We know that many of you don't have the privilege of having 10 foot long raised beds full of dense, rich soil in which to plant your tomato seedlings, and must instead garden in containers. There are tons of people who come to buy tomato seedlings from us who ask us about the best varieties to plant in containers - the short answer is... there is no short answer.
Container vegetable gardening is an art in itself, and it takes much more than plopping a plant into some soil and watering it - that's why we have a whole Container Gardening Class on how to do it. In fact, we've just added a new date for the container class since it's so popular - register here for our July 24th class.
Growing fussy plants such as tomatoes in pots can be tricky business...
We have a detailed explanation of how to plant happy tomatoes in containers on our Growing Tomatoes in Pots page, and we are practicing what we preach up at our new farm on Vine Hill Road.
We are still in the process of getting the garden cleared of trees and terraced for the crops, so we have chosen to plant 65 tomato plants in two areas of the property that we've deemed most deer-proof and gopher proof (knock on wood!). This area was initially staked out to be an outdoor kitchen, we're happy it's still fulfilling it's food-production-destiny!
This area is terraced right above our dog run, and had been slated to hold ornamentals. We decided it would be a better use of space for us to grow heirloom tomatoes right outside our kitchen door - is there anything better?
We've also potted up 5 different types of eggplant and about 7 different types of peppers in the smaller pots between the tomatoes. These plants get a similar soil-amending, though smaller quantities.
You can find more information all about tomatoes on the World Tomato Society website.